All across the NBA on Monday morning, players are taking the podium as part of their team's media day. One name missing, however, was Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons.
The three-time All-Star has been adamant on his trade requests, and is doing what he can to find a new home. While Simmons didn't field questions from the media, his running mate, Joel Embiid, of course had to field plenty of questions regarding Simmons' future with the Sixers. And Embiid somehow used the Warriors as a perfect analogy.
"Honestly, we all just got to grow up," Emiid said Monday to reporters. "I look at in the way that -- for example, I understand being in trade rumors and all that but that's just part of the business. If Golden State comes and offers Steph [Curry] and Klay [Thompson] for me, you think the Sixers would say no to that?
"They gotta say yes. I would say yes to that, because, I mean, how do you say no to that? That's what they do. They're always gonna find ways to get better. So you can't get mad at that. That's just the way it is. I look at it in the way that you just got to move on and you just got to be yourself and do the best job you can."
Ironically enough, Simmons has been connected to the Warriors in trade rumors.
But don't expect him to wear a Golden State jersey anytime soon.
Based on his salary and questionable fit alongside Draymond Green as another shoot-second point-forward, Warriors owner Joe Lacob recently suggested Simmons doesn't fit with the Warriors. Lacob was later fined $50,000 for his comments.
Embiid made it clear to the media that he and the rest of the 76ers still want Simmons to be their teammate. He also sent a clear message to Simmons.
The ball's now in Simmons court, a situation he has shown can go many different directions.